Shooting death under investigation; man at scene faces gun charges

Two unmarked Garland County sheriff's units sit in the 3500 block of Mountain Pine Road near a residence that was the scene of a shooting death late Wednesday. - Photo by James Leigh of The Sentinel-Record
Two unmarked Garland County sheriff's units sit in the 3500 block of Mountain Pine Road near a residence that was the scene of a shooting death late Wednesday. - Photo by James Leigh of The Sentinel-Record

The Garland County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting death that occurred late Wednesday at a residence on Mountain Pine Road and the resident, a felon, at the scene was later arrested on gun and mischief charges.

Robert Dwayne Crawford, 39, of 3594 Mountain Pine Road, was taken into custody at his residence shortly after 2:30 a.m. Thursday on two felony counts of possession of a firearm by certain persons and one count of first-degree criminal mischief, each punishable by up to six years in prison.

Crawford was being held on a $7,500 bond and was set to appear Thursday in Garland County District Court.

"This incident is still under investigation and we expect more charges will be filed," Sheriff Mike McCormick told The Sentinel-Record Thursday afternoon.

According to the probable cause affidavit, shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday, sheriff's deputies responded to the residence at 3594 Mountain Pine Road after Crawford reportedly called 911 and said a man came into his camper and "shot his friend."

Once on scene, deputies were told by Crawford that the suspect had "run off into the woods" and had pulled his friend out of the camper. Deputies reportedly located a male victim on the ground who was deceased and McCormick confirmed Thursday the man had been shot.

Sheriff's investigators received and executed a search warrant on the camper and allegedly located and seized a Mossburg 12-gauge shotgun and a 303 British rifle.

A computer check showed Crawford was convicted of a felony count of driving while intoxicated, fourth offense, on March 28, 2011, in Yell County and sentenced to two years in prison so he is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms.

Crawford was initially transported to the Garland County Sheriff's Office and while being questioned in the criminal investigation division's interview room he allegedly "became disorderly."

He was then taken to the Garland County Detention Center by Deputy Colleen Smith and during the transport he allegedly became disorderly a second time and damaged Smith's unit. Total damages to her unit were estimated at $1,000 resulting in the additional criminal mischief charge.

photo Robert Dwayne Crawford - Submitted photo

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